Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein thinks that personal ownership of guns is a terrible idea and that firearms are not at all needed in the United States. To combat the scourge of gun ownership, he plans to make a movie with star Meryl Streep that will make the NRA “wish they weren’t alive.”
Movie producer Harvey Weinstein announced for the first time on Howard Stern’s radio show that he is making a full feature drama to try to destroy the National Rifle Association.
Mr. Stern asked Mr. Weinstein on Wednesday whether he owned a gun. The Hollywood heavyweight replied that he did not and never would. “I don’t think we need guns in this country. And I hate it,” the producer said. “I think the NRA is a disaster area.”
Mr. Weinstein then revealed his secret project about the gun rights group. “I shouldn’t say this, but I’ll tell it to you, Howard,” he said. “I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this head-on. And they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.”
The shock jock asked whether the film was going to be a documentary. Mr. Weinstein said no, that it would be a “big movie like a ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.’”
The movie mogul said his vision was to scare people away from firearms. He foresees moviegoers to leave thinking, “Gun stocks — I don’t want to be involved in that stuff. It’s going to be like crash and burn.”
(You can hear the entire Weinstein sound bite here.)
The height of hypocrisy? Sure. Irrationally aimed at an organization full of law-abiding gun owners instead of aimed at actual criminals? Of course. More proof of the blatant and unwavering bias in Hollywood films? You ‘betcha.
But will it make money? Probably not.
I love the movies – and Weinstein has probably had a hand in crafting some films I’ve really enjoyed – but today’s generation doesn’t get out to see movies like “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” They just don’t. Add in the fact that you’ve already advertised that your film is blatantly political and anti-gun… and you’ve just alienated more than half of the American public. I would be willing to bet a box of popcorn that this Weinstein/Streep anti-gun vehicle doesn’t make any money domestically. Though I’d also be willing to bet that the media-snobs all over the world fawn all over it. It will probably win a lot of awards, garner a few standing ovation and allow the lead to give a few speeches… but here in America, it will lose his studio money.
And isn’t that the best revenge?
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